verb (used with object), pleased, pleas·ing.
verb (used without object), pleased, pleas·ing.
- if it be your pleasure; if you like or prefer.
- (used as an exclamation expressing astonishment, indignation, etc.): The missing letter was in his pocket, if you please!
Origin of please
Synonyms for please
Examples from the Web for unpleased
Historical Examples of unpleased
In unpleased surprise Joseph asked: "What, do you mean to forsake me, Mozart?"Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)
I stood and faced him, not unpleased to mark the anger in his eyes.Beyond the Frontier
And are not those who, while not comprehending all that is said, still remain not unpleased to hear, men of the superior order?The Wisdom of Confucius
I was not unpleased to be alone during this period of discipline when my soul was perforce purged of its troublesome ferments.The Boss of Little Arcady
Harry Leon Wilson
Merriton, prepared by the convenient glass for the appearance of one was nevertheless not unpleased to see the other.The Riddle of the Frozen Flame
Mary E. Hanshew
Word Origin for please
early 14c., "to be agreeable," from Old French plaisir "to please, give pleasure to, satisfy" (11c., Modern French plaire, the form of which is perhaps due to analogy of faire), from Latin placere "to be acceptable, be liked, be approved," related to placare "to soothe, quiet" (source of Spanish placer, Italian piacere), possibly from PIE *plak-e- "to be calm," via notion of still water, etc., from root *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta).
Meaning "to delight" in English is from late 14c. Inverted use for "to be pleased" is from c.1500, first in Scottish, and paralleling the evolution of synonymous like (v.). Intransitive sense (e.g. do as you please) first recorded c.1500; imperative use (e.g. please do this), first recorded 1620s, was probably a shortening of if it please (you) (late 14c.). Related: Pleased; pleasing; pleasingly.
Verbs for "please" supply the stereotype polite word (e.g. "Please come in," short for may it please you to ...) in many languages (French, Italian), "But more widespread is the use of the first singular of a verb for 'ask, request' " [Buck, who cites German bitte, Polish proszę, etc.]. Spanish favor is short for hace el favor "do the favor." Danish has in this sense vær saa god, literally "be so good."
see as you please.